Sorry to burst your bubble but everyone looks for something different. I know this makes the job search infuriating but do you want the truth or do you want a nice story full of lies. The truth is that there is no one short, easy way to get every job.
What do companies look for in a candidate?
Interviewing and the job search is a lot like dating and courtship. Companies, and hopefully the candidates, are looking for a long term match. Keep in mind this does not count for contract positions or gigs but there are still a lot of old fashioned companies looking for people to stay with them.
Do you think that there is just one right way to act with every person on a date? Sure, you know there is one right way to act on a date with you… but what about everyone else? It works the same way with companies. Each company and each hiring manager I have worked for, to some degree, have their own definition of “the right way.”
It really helps if you can read people and mirror them. If someone is joking around a little then maybe you should too. But not too much. If someone is more terse and to the point then they may not appreciate your sarcasm as much as your current boss. You can figure this out, you just need to pay attention.
Boy, you’re just full of good news for my job search!
Right about now you may be thinking “How in the hell do I get a job if everyone is looking for something different?” First, you need to READ the job description. I don’t just mean to read over it but be sure you understand what they want in a candidate. If they look for years of experience you need to figure out what skills they want from those years of experience. Personally I think strictly defining years of experience that are required is stupid.
Sure, there are some basics that companies look for but I will save that for the next posts… But in general you need to address what they say they are looking for. This goes first for your resume. Remember, the resume gets you the interview. The interviews get you the job.
Dating is about finding out who you are and who others are. If you show up in a masquerade outfit, neither is going to happen.